OK, played in Midgard as Thor vs a Gaia player 1684me vs 1699player) and I tried to be a smart ass, and lost.
I saw a "sweet spot" -a place where I could mine gold, chop trees, and also hunting, so I went for it. It was a bit off of my base, but I said wtf, I'll be creative and not follow the standard routine.
I had a nice eco going and I uped late at 5:40 something and then all hell broke loose. I was winning the first little skirmishes, but then the table was turned on me, as he had citizens right up front -outside my base, and they made towers which along with carnivora won the battle. After that it was downhill for me, despite going Mythic and Rag with not so many vils.
It's a game worth seeing for not making the same mistakes as me. I do think that he also made a couple of mistakes, like researching Channels for increasing his vils movement and stuff, but he was better and worth winning and I enjoyed it very much for the intense battle.
Never seen a Gaia played like that before, and it was good experience for me, despite losing.
Ok i watched it.
First of all, you should have gone classical earlier, way earlier. Gaia is Boom civ you should have tried to rush a bit with a 5ish advance.
It started with that you let that oracle and carnivora destroy your dock, and it took a long time before you built another. loss of food income. You also made the mistake of fighting under tower fire, which is unforgivable. Despite that it was a good thing to go forseti, you had lots of wood, and trolls make up for the norse lack of archers in classical.
However, wood was the only resource you had!
You had like 100f and g but like 2k wood, and your Tc was still creating villagers on wood!
Thats poor eco managment Anastasoulis.
Just because it is a water map does not mean all you can do is fishing!
Build farms! farms own fishing.
About the gold.... what can i say, normally norse or never short on gold...
Again micro problems.
A Troll fighting hero turms???
No upgrades??? ulfsarks fighting arcus under palace fire???
Also your lack of scouting was a problem.
Near that FB of the gaia, 4-5 citizens where gathering! If you would have scouted you would have killed them, which should have made a victory for you, since he went heavy murmillo.
Microeing, ask DaP from some tips he might know some tricks.